Washington, D.C. – The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) – the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers, in partnership with Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) – will release the report of its national study on the status of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Hispanic older adults during a press conference on Wednesday, January 22 at 11 a.m. at the SAGE Center in New York, NY. The study, entitled In Their Own Words: a Needs Assessment of Hispanic LGBT Older Adults, was conducted by NHCOA, with financial support from the Arcus Foundation, and will be released in collaboration with Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE) and the Diverse Elders Coalition.
The report is a result of a qualitative needs assessment that NHCOA conducted in order to better understand the experiences of aging, and the socio-economic and health challenges facing the LGBT Hispanic older adult community. Specifically, the research focused on understanding LGBT Hispanic older adults’ perceptions of the aging experience; identifying their unique health and socio-economic challenges; exploring the culturally appropriate strategies to better serve this population; and determining gaps in knowledge requiring further research.
The study and report are particularly important, as they are the first to focus exclusively on LGBT Hispanic older adults and the particular concerns that they face while aging. NHCOA will use the findings of this report to improve the lives of LGBT Hispanic older adults by making key recommendations to legislators and health care providers on their behalf.
WHO: The National Hispanic Council on Aging (NHCOA) – the leading national organization working to improve the lives of Hispanic older adults, their families, and caregivers; Services & Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE); and the Diverse Elders Coalition
WHAT: Press conference to release In Their Own Words: a Needs Assessment of Hispanic LGBT Older Adults – NHCOA’s report on the status of LGBT Hispanic older adults. Speakers include: Dr. Yanira Cruz, President & CEO, NHCOA; Michael Adams, Executive Director, SAGE; Roz Lee, Senior Program Officer, Arcus Foundation; Gary Gates, Williams Distinguished Scholar at the Williams Institute and Jason Coates, Public Policy Associate, NHCOA. Geo Genaldo and Orlando Pineda, gay Hispanic elders will also be available for questions and interviews.
WHEN: Wednesday, January 22, 2014 at 11 a.m.
WHERE: The SAGE Center
305 7th Ave., 15th Floor (between 27th-28th Streets)
New York, NY 10001
WHY: Understanding LGBT Hispanic older adults’ concerns, perceptions and challenges is critical to develop programmatic and policy solutions as lawmakers develop public policy and federal programs intended for the U.S. aging population.
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